Toots Mondello collection, 1927-1992.
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Born in 1911, Nuncio "Toots" Mondello started life in Boston, where he performed on the alto and soprano saxophones with his father's band from the age of 8 and joined the musicians' union when only 14. Mondello studied at NEC in 1927; his classes included harmony with William B. Tyler and solfeggio with Clara Ellis. He became assistant bandleader with Hal Hallet's Toast of New England in the same year. Between 1934 and 1935, Mondello was the principal alto saxophonist in Benny Goodman's radio b...